BC Teacher-Librarians' Association

Explore Eileen Cook – A BCTLA Presentation

BCTLA Author’s Visit: Eileen Cook


Date and Time: February 12, 2020 from 5 to 6:30 pm

Location: New Westminster Secondary School Library

Best-selling author, Eileen Cook, will be discussing her YA fiction and experiences as a writer.

Light refreshments will be served.


Register here: https://forms.gle/BammCnc9m5Ypc6mS8

This event is free for all BCTLA members and a guest.

Want to join the BCTLA?

Sign up here: https://www.bctf.ca/eCommerce/OnlineMembership.aspx?user=79728

*Please note: Out-of-town BCTLA members will have the opportunity to participate in this activity via Zoom, an online video conferencing site.

Re-Engage Your Community in Reading this Month!


February Reading Events

February is a big month for School Library Learning Commons programs. In February, we celebrate:

The BCTLA would love to hear what your program is doing for each of these events. Tweet out your activities with the hashtag #bctla or post to our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bctlaofficial/

In addition, we are looking for features for our next BCTLA Newsletter. If your SLLC program did something amazing in celebration of Love Your School Library or I Read Canadian Days or Black History Month, we’d want to hear from you. Send us an email, attention: Sheri Kinney at psac49@bctf.ca.

I Read Canadian – Do You?


I Read Canadian is coming this February 19th!

Nicola Campbell, Robert Munsch, Roch Carrier, David Bouchard, Gordon Korman, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kenneth Oppel, Dennis Lee …

Canada is home to phenomenal writers of world class stories, and February 19th is the day to celebrate them.

The first annual I Read Canadian Day will take place on February 19th. This is a great time to show our pride in our home grown talent.

Consider celebrating by:

  • displaying Canadian books around your school
  • hosting a Drop Everything and Read time dedicated to Canadian authors
  • have students bring their favorite Canadian stuffed animal to school and read a Canadian story to it
  • read a wacky Canadian poem to your school
  • host an author’s visit

The ideas are endless!

Did something fantastic? Share your event with the BCTLA through Twitter, Facebook or email at psac49@bctf.ca.

For more information, please visit https://ireadcanadian.com/day/

Do You Know a T-L Champion?


Looking for 2019-2020 nominees for awards and grants!

Our teacher-librarians are one of our school communities greatest advocates. It is our pleasure to honour those individuals who demonstrate amazing passion for their role. Awards and Grants nominations are now open and can be accessed here: https://easysurvey.ca/index.php?s=S&v=QX83ZRK&p=0

Please consider nominating an outstanding teacher-librarian in your district. Nominations close at the end of February with confirmations sent out in late April. All award and grant recipients are acknowledged at the BCTLA annual Fall conference.

Completed forms are due by February 28th.


BCTLA 2019 Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our award winners!

2019 Award Winners

B.C. Teacher-Librarian of the Year

Diana Poole Memorial Award

Susan Henderson


B.C. Teacher-Librarians’ Association President’s Award

Maureen McDonough

Martha Cameron

Leigh Husieff


Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award

Patricia Finlay

Leslie Ikeda


New Teacher-Librarian of the Year

Sharon Neumann

2019 Grant Recipients


Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant

Devika Chudy


William H. Scott Memorial BCTLA Conference Grant

Kristine Clark